Sawbridgeworth - 27/30th August 2010

posted Sep 3, 2010, 12:10 AM by Tony Smithurst   [ updated Sep 3, 2010, 1:27 AM ]
The annual RallyUK rally near Harlow was once again a resounding success. The main detecting days were Saturday and Sunday, but with an open field for weekenders from 10am Friday and the 'free' detecting day on Bank holiday Monday, this year saw a total of four days detecting available to the 300 avid detectorists who attended.
The light rain stopped on cue at 09:59 Friday morning and detecting began with an enthusiastic and energetic team entering field four. Within minutes, the first gold coin was reported, a George IV sovereign. This was to be the first of several gold coins to be found and by the end of the weekend, over a dozen had been reported and/or displayed in the marquee's finds cabinet including staters, half-guineas and other sovereigns.
After a brief but comprehensive downpour on Sunday, (and lets not understate 'downpour' here) one of the detectorists who had been caught out in the rain with nowhere to shelter was rewarded with a half-stater surface find whilst walking back to the campsite. He received a signal from his detector, that he had been idly swinging as he walked, and looked down to see the little beauty simply shining back at him! Our friend from Suffolk went from drowned rat, to happy bunny, in the blink of an eye!
From my side; a hammered long-cross penny on the Friday, a steady flow of finds over the weekend including roman bronzes and brooch fragments, and the new friendships that have been built, made for a very succesful weekend.
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